Performing in the clutch is what separates a winning driver from the rest of the pack. Flexing muscle at the right time is something that true talents possess. Often luck plays a big role in winning versus losing, but being able to squeeze just enough strength out at the perfect opportunity is what separates winners from losers. Performing in the clutch doesn’t necessarily mean winning, however; it’s all about making the most from what you’ve got.
That’s why Quarter Master, providers of winning clutches & driveline components to racers from Super Speedway to the Bullring, from IRL to Rally, from NASCAR to the “Weekend Warrior,” is proud to honor a weekly “Clutch Performance of the Month” from the short track ranks of America. Each month, an esteemed panel of short track industry insiders will vote on which drivers came through in the clutch. The driver or team with the most votes will then be the “Clutch Performance of the Month.” At the end of the 2015 season, the driver or team that received the most votes throughout the season will then be the “Clutch Performer of the Year” and will be awarded a clutch kit from Quarter Master, valued at $3,500. For more on Quarter Master, visit www.quartermasterusa.com
This edition of the “Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Month” for the month of July goes to …
Late Model Stock
Lee Pulliam nailed down the definition of clutch in the month of September on his way to winning the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series (NWAAS) Division I national championship. Pulliam picked up over a half-dozen wins during the month in order to lock up his third NWAAS national title in four years.
“We ran everywhere we could possibly run,” said Pulliam. “We ran at places we’d never been, and won at places I had never won. It’s really neat to see all the hard work pay off. It was definitely the hardest one we’ve ever won.”
Pulliam entered the month of September sitting behind Oklahoma driver Thomas Tillison, Jr. in the NWAAS standings, but the Alton, VA driver turned it up a notch and picked up two wins at Caraway Speedway, Southern National and South Boston Speedway and one win at Motor Mile to bring his total to 29 wins in 51 races. Those performances were enough to earn him the championship by 23 points over Tillison.
Pulliam not only dominated in Late Model Stock Car competition during the 2015 season, but his final stretch of seven wins during the month of September makes him this month’s Speed51.com Quartermaster Clutch Performer.
-Text by 51 Staff